The Best Quilting Patterns Are The Ones You Make


Self-published quilting patterns are all the rage. This is because individuals are given much more creative freedom to be experimental with their designs than those working for a large corporation. It is because of this sole reason that large scale designs tend to become monotonous and lack flavor for individuality that many quilters took to creating their own stencils, even going as far as making a living from selling them. With a drive for design and the initiative to publish DIY quilt patterns, it is possible to get into business with a few simple skills and basic tools like a sketchpad and a camera. As the process becomes easier, or perhaps a clientele is established, it is possible to upgrade to design software.

The first step to creating designs is to learn from the masters. Research readymade quilting patterns and look through online tutorials. Keep a list of all the information that these sources provide including the level of skill needed to complete the project, the size of the finished project, type and quantity of fabric for each project and the supplies needed. Once the type of quilt patterns you like has been sorted out, you can start creating your own ideas on paper. Having a dedicated notebook for sketching ideas and taking progress pictures will really help with the thought process.

Once the process is set to go, the inspirations are endless. Muse on daily objects and nature and convert it into quilting stencils. Look at famous abstract paintings; their straight lines and clean look are easier to reproduce for a beginner. Keep in mind that all your stencils will suit all the quilts you make. Take a look at the fabric and choose a stencil that best shows off the fabric’s print. Sketch the idea on scarp paper before transferring it to graph paper or digitalizing it.

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How Stencils Can Step Up Your Quilting Game


Usually, the word ‘stencil’ brings to mind lettering stencils and scrapbooking but that is not its only application. In the realm of quilting, a stencil can be used to trace a design on a quilting material before quilting. These stencils have grooves forming patterns that show where the fabric must be sewn. While freestyle quilting is simple, stenciled designs are more elaborate an serve as a great way to easily take quilting to the next level. Stencils can be used to fill negative space, create a complex border, add focal pieces or even cover the entire quilt with design. After the patterns are traced, they are stitched to form depressions by hand or using the quilting needle in a sewing machine.

To use a stencil, the basic supplies of quilting are needed along with the stencil and a non-permanent marking tool.. Once the top of the quilt has been finished, the top of the quilt, batting, and backing should be basted together. The stencil is placed at the center of the quilt and traced. Try to use a design that compliments the theme of the quilt and is not overly large or too small. If more than one design is being used, the stencil is repositioned and marked again. Use marking tools that will fade away eventually and that stand out clearly against the fabric of the quilt. Remember, it is better to take time to position the stencil initially than to realize a mistake at the very end.

The quilter can also use carbon paper, tailor’s chalk or even cellophane to transfer the design from the stencil to the pieced top. By using a stencil, not only will the quilter get consistently equal designs throughout the quilt, but it will be easier to reproduce the design on other quilts and will lend the finished quilt a more professional finishing.

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